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Student organisations call on UCT to lift SRC elections ban

UCT placed an indefinite suspension on the SRC polls because a candidate has been barred from campus.

FILE: University of Cape Town. Picture: Facebook/Michael Currin.

CAPE TOWN - Several student political organisations at the University of Cape Town (UCT) have called for Student Representative Council (SRC) elections to be reinstated.

The Electoral Commission placed an indefinite suspension on the SRC polls because a candidate has been barred from campus.

Pan Africanist Student Movement of Azania (Pasma)'s Masixole Mlandu, who's standing in the elections, was suspended and interdicted by the university following protests earlier this year.

He's prohibited from setting foot on campus.

Democratic Alliance Student Organisation (Daso)'s Greg Keal says campaigning had begun on Monday but was halted mid-way.

"Our main point is that as soon as the names were released, which was two weeks before the campaign started, they were aware that this candidate was interdicted. The fact that the elections commission didn't come up with a plan prior to the election is unacceptable, in our view."

Mlandu earlier this week confronted week UCT Vice-Chancellor Max Price about the elections.

"You have forced the electoral commission to say we cannot run free and fair elections because this student has been interdicted and Max Price has not made a decision."

Voting is meant to begin next week.